Offshore plans in France make progress

The projects involve a total capital commitment of € 10 billion. The wind farms off the coast of Normandy and Brittany are set to achieve an installed capacity of 3 GW by 2015. Offshore wind energy in France is to be expanded to 6 GW by 2020. The French utility company GDF Suez and their competitor EDF have set themselves especially ambitious targets. Both of them tendered for four of the five locations. As their partner, GDF Suez named the French turbine manufacturer Areva in three instances and the German manufacturer Siemens for the remaining project. The Spanish company Iberdrola, which submitted applications for two projects, also plans to erect Areva turbines. EDF selected the French company Alstom as its turbine partner for all its offers.

Areva and Alstom have already announced that they will build new factories if they win contracts. Eric Besson, French Industry Minister, has already predicted that 10,000 new jobs could be created. The government plans to decide who will get the contracts by April.

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